International

Financial Turmoil in China Pressures Twice-Frozen Seafood Market
The Fish Site – May 12, 2015
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CHINA – Inventory holdings and carryover have been emerging problems for Chinese packers over the last few months, reports Kyla Ganton in the Tradex Foods 3-Minute Market Insight.
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/25652/financial-turmoil-in-china-pressures-twicefrozen-seafood-market/

Environment/Science

Kachemak Bay sea stars found stricken with wasting disease
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen – May 12, 2015
The wasting disease that is killing millions of sea stars along the U.S. West Coast has now moved farther north, into Southcentral Alaska’s Kachemak Bay, according to scientists who surveyed the area last week.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150512/kachemak-bay-sea-stars-found-stricken-wasting-disease

Federal Register

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/13/2015
The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region, NMFS, has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit application submitted by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration.
Regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act require publication of this notification to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on Exempted Fishing Permit applications.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/05/13/2015-11470/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-general-provisions-for-domestic-fisheries-application-for-exempted?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

HIRING: Processors looking to hire 1600 workers
Cordova Times Staff – May 12, 2015
Alaska Labor Department officials are working with major seafood processors to discuss how to increase Alaska hire for seasonal processing jobs, through use of apprenticeships, work release programs and employment of returning citizens.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1520hiring

PWS harvesters share catch with homeless
Red salmon donation to support those in need
Cordova Times Staff – May 12, 2015
A gift of 50 pounds of season first Copper River sockeye salmon for residents of an Anchorage homeless shelter for women and children is earmarked for lunch on May 16, thanks to the generosity of a Cordova fisheries group. – See more at: http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1520pws-harvesters-share-catch-with-homeless

Market Fresh: Summer’s around the corner and the sockeyes are coming
Alaska Dispatch News by Steve Edwards – May 12, 2015
Want proof that spring is here and summer is just around the corner? Consider:
http://www.adn.com/article/20150512/market-fresh-summers-around-corner-and-sockeyes-are-coming

Special Interest

Wave Writer – The Iditarod with a Chance of Drowning
Northwest Yachting – May 2015
In today’s world, there are few adventures with Big Questions. It seems every adventure has been done at least once before. Somebody’s going to find a new route to the summit, win the game on a superlative performance or lucky bounce, or find that extra bit of speed around the race. Those are relatively Little Questions.

DSC09532The proa build team (partial), from left: Paul Bieker, Leo Bieker, Joe Bersch and Dalton Bergan.

http://www.nwyachting.com/articles/wave-writer-iditarod-chance-drowning/

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